- Dec 2011
Yes, but there has been a long-standing tradition of moral enquiry within the Christian tradition, and it is no part of sound Christian teaching that people should do good and avoid what is bad merely because they will be judged for it afterwards, even if the threat of posthumous punishment might help to keep them on the straight and narrow! Feelings as such cannot be any detrmining factor either, although some kind of moral apprehension is surely essential. I find Kantian ethics too dry and formalistic, and would prefer to think that the finding and realization of moral value can bring a concrete self-fulfilment and self-realization that is left out of account if one thinks merely in terms of obedience to formal demands. Kant placed too heavy a weight on mere duty compared to the moral thinkers of antiquity, who conceived that moral action also draws us toward the proper fulfilment of our nature as human beings, which must itself be a high source of gratification.
I am just sorting through some of the comments and trying to ground them with some of the theological/philosophical arguments out there.